Notices, agendas, and minutes of the Springfield Town Library are posted here in accordance with Vermont's Open Meeting Law. Meetings are open to the public. Every session includes time for public comment. The Trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, on the second floor of the Springfield Town Library, at 43 Main Street in Springfield, Vermont.

For more information, call the Library at (802)885-3108 or e-mail

Friday, April 26, 2019

Guidelines for library behavior


The Springfield Town Library establishes the following guidelines for library behavior to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all Library patrons and materials.

1.     Respect other people’s privacy
2.     Be considerate of other people using the library; no disruptive or boisterous behavior
3.     Check out all library materials before taking them out of the building; treat materials with care
4.     Do not smoke or vape at the Library. Do not bring alcohol or illegal substances into the Library
5.     Remember service animals only, not pets, are allowed in the Library
6.     Wear shoes and shirts
7.     Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the well-being and safety of their children
8.     Children aged 8 and up are allowed to use the Library alone
9.     Use the Library phone for emergencies or parental contact only

When individuals disobey the guidelines for behavior, library staff will request they leave the premises. The staff may involve the Springfield Police Department and issue a No Trespassing Notice of Trespass.

Adopted 5/6/1992; Rev. 1097, 5/10, 2/13, 8/17, 6/18, 4/19

Policy on public access to computers and the internet


In providing internet access, the Springfield Town Library affirms and upholds the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretation on Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks adopted by the American Library Association in 1996.   

The Library provides public access to electronic resources, including the computer and the internet, as reference tools to supplement the books, periodicals and reference collection.

The Library does not monitor nor control information available on the internet. Users may access materials they find offensive, or which may be inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or illegal.  Patrons using a credit card on the Library computers do so at their own risk; the Library will not be responsible for any problems that may result.

Internet access in the Library is available to all patrons and guests in good standing; children under 16 years of age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before accessing the internet.  It is the responsibility of each user to determine what is appropriate for their own needs, and for parents to assume responsibility for and supervise their children's use of the internet at the Library.  Parents are encouraged to come to the Library with their children and supervise internet sessions

The Library may set time limits so that all patrons seeking access will have an appropriate opportunity.  The Library reserves the right to end a computer session when time limits are exceeded.  Users agree to end their computer session within 5 minutes when so notified.

Use of the Library's computers is conditioned on the user's compliance with the Terms and Conditions of Use (below).  Accepted use must be legal, ethical and respectful of intellectual property and data ownership, system security and privacy rights.  If use of the computers results in disruption of Library services or a user fails to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Use, the Library reserves the right to end the user's session and/or suspend or restrict indefinitely access to the Library's computers.  A patron denied access to the Library's computers may appeal that decision to the Library Board of Trustees


In an effort to ensure that the use of these computers is consistent with the Policies of the Springfield Town Library, the following terms and conditions of use shall apply:

Users shall read Terms and Conditions of Use and click “I Agree” on screen indicating that they understand and agree to abide by these policies and regulations before using the internet. 

Library computer users agree to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws as well as Library policies, procedures and behavior guidelines.  Use of the Library's computers for pornographic, illegal or criminal purposes, for gambling, or for abusive, threatening or harassing communication is prohibited.  The Library may terminate or restrict a user's computer privileges for failure to comply with these accepted use regulations.

Users will treat all library materials and equipment in a responsible manner to preserve their integrity and insure their availability for others.  Users will not attempt to alter or tamper with computer programs, settings or configurations, install any software, gain unauthorized access to restricted resources, disrupt the intended use of the internet, destroy the integrity of internet resources, or compromise the privacy of other users.

Problems with computer equipment or software must be reported to the Library staff immediately.  Abuse of the equipment or the service may result in the user being denied further access to the service. 

Users may not download or install programs or store files on the hard drive.  The Library will provide storage devices for a nominal charge.

The charge for printing in black & white is 15 cents per page, 50 cents per page in color. Users are responsible for the cost of all pages printed, whether intended or not.

No more than two people may be at a workstation at any time.

If the Library determines that a user has abused his/her computer privileges, the Library Director may revoke or restrict those privileges indefinitely or permanently.  Any financial obligations incurred through the use or misuse of these computers are the sole responsibility of the user. 

Adopted 1/10/2006; revised 9/13/2010, 8/20/2012, 4/16/19

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Trustee minutes, April 16

Town of  Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1. The meeting was called to order at 6:37 PM.
Present: Jen Dechen (minutes), Amy Howlett (director), Anna Boarini, Herb Jamison, Ralph Jacobs, Margie Reurink, Sara Druen
Absent: Barbara Ball

2. Additions and Subtractions to the Agenda  N/A

3. Public Comments  N/A

4. Minutes of March 12 meeting
Minutes from the March meeting were reviewed and approved as written. (Sara motioned, Margie second). Motion passes.

5. Feed Your Passion Event
Amy - Rick Hunter will be doing astronomy. Corrine Hammond will be joining BRAT. 371 is out.
Ralph will take over Corrine Hammond's table about Mt. Ascutney. He will provide a display.
Barbara could not set up anything with Riverside restaurant.
Amy - Sheri's Place for chips and salsa. Margie volunteered to ask.
Sara was unable to talk with Springfield cinema.
Margie - Who will be here to set up early and who will help with clean up after?
She said she can stay late.
Sara, Jen, Ralph, Herb can come early.
Anna will be in and out to help.
Amy will make a Facebook event.
Sara will confirm Stringers.
Ralph did not get in contact with John Swanson. John Swanson will  be a part of the Springfield Historical Society.
We will move Cuppity Kakes to circ desk.
Ralph will not be doing the Trivia Table.
River Valley Tech's Kelly Broker-Campbell is confirmed.
Amy will update map of event. She will also contact Clever Cow Designs for T-shirts for trustees.
Sara mentioned need for garbage and paper products.
Anna will bring napkins and water jug.
Amy will bring small cups.
Library will provide water with lemon.

6. Amy shared the Director's report
Notice of trespass filed.
Margie and Sara want to be proactive.
Amy will ask for a police walk through.
Chain of command reviewed. Complaints from staff or public about the Library, go to the director; if trustees feel the director is at fault, go to the Town Manager.

7. Policy discussion
Discussion of whether birth-18 is the right age for parent and guardian permission. Registration forms use birth to 16 as student/child/parental signature required.
Internet policy discussed.
Amy asked that the policy reflect the reality: the Library has not filtered internet in the last five years. Trustee concern: walking in, you can see computer screens. Discussion of privacy screens, perhaps the kind that require leaning over. Amy will ask staff for recommendations on keeping viewing private; library has Chromebooks and laptops to lend for inlibrary use.
Anna calls for a motion to proposed changes on public access on the internet. (Jen motioned, Ralph second). Motion passes.
Anna asks for a motion for the proposed changes to guidelines for library behavior. (Ralph motioned, Sara second). Motion passes.

8. 200th Birthday Update
Amy has requested each trustee to write one story for the 200th birthday celebration.
Margie suggested reaching out to school librarians to do this as a project with students.
Sara suggested that old typewriters be next to a computer for a writing station.
Anna suggested an oral history type project. She will write some prompts.

9. Hiring Update
Anna  - The director position application deadline was pushed out to gather more applicants.
The Vermont library server crashed which could have accounted for low turnout.
They will begin culling and reviewing resumes soon. They will schedule interviews the first week of May. Hopefully, will make decision on May 8th or 9th.
She also asked the board for questions to ask candidates regarding the redevelopment of Springfield.

10 Next meeting - May 14, 2019, 6:30pm

11. Motion to adjourn  (Ralph motioned, Sara second) 8:25pm